Carlton star Bryce Gibbs is reportedly set to request a trade back to South Australia for the second year in a row.

After requesting a trade to Adelaide last season, the deal didn't eventuate during the trade period, but SEN reporter Sam McClure believes Gibbs will test the waters once again, in the hope he gets his wish the second time around.

The two clubs went down to the wire in trying to determine a fair deal for both parties, with the Crows even offloading midfielder Jarryd Lyons to the Suns in order to create salary cap room for Gibbs.

“Adelaide is preparing for another major play at Carlton’s Bryce Gibbs,” McClure told SEN Breakfast.

“I think he will prefer to play football in South Australia for family reasons. Gibbs has yet to ask the club for an official trade request, but I expect that will come. He is still contracted for another two years.

“It is an intriguing situation because Stephen Silvagni stuck to his guns at the end of the trade period last year and said they wouldn’t get it done, unless these are the deals. He has another two years, and I expect him to ask to go home again, so it’ll be fascinating to see what Carlton’s response will be.”

After playing every game for the Blues so far this season, Gibbs averaged 26.8 disposals, 5.2 marks, 5.9 tackles, 5.1 clearances and 3.6 inside 50s per game.